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July 5 2012

6:30 PM

Simpson’s confidence growing

Interview: Webb Simpson

Following his opening-round 65 at the 2012 Greenbrier Classic, Webb Simpson meets with the media and talks about his round.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Webb Simpson’s U.S. Open win is finally starting to sink in.

So is his game.

“More than anything I'm just playing with the confidence that I drew from winning a major,” Simpson said.

It showed in his opening round at The Old White TPC.

Simpson shot a 5-under 65 Thursday at The Greenbrier Classic, where he’s just two strokes off the lead.

Playing alongside Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker, Simpson was better than both of them, making a half-dozen birdies and just one bogey.

Simpson wasted little time, too, birdieing two of his first three holes and three of his first five.

It hasn’t hurt that he’s continued to play, period, since the life-altering victory last month at The Olympic Club.

Simpson played the week after winning his first major championship and opened with a 66 at the Travelers Championship. He went on to tie for 29th.

He took last week off to spend time with his family and get some rest before coming right back out here.

”It was good for me to play in the Travelers and kind of get in the tournament atmosphere again,” he said. “So it has sunk in. Off the golf course nothing's changed, I'm still the same guy, but obviously when it comes to golf it's allowed me to be more confident.”

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